We’ve catalogued the best free 80’s fonts available to download on the web in script, glitch and pixelated styles.
The idiosyncrasies of 80’s culture remain steadfast, continuing to influence producers, artists and fashionistas into 2016. The maximalist aesthetic of the decade spawned a number of tropes that are now graphic design mainstays – 8-bit styling, neon-lit colour palettes and brushed shapes and squiggles.
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best free 80’s fonts on the web essential for any project with retro leanings – and if you like any of them, you might also want to check out the free glitch and pixel fonts that we’ve catalogued.
Streamster is a script typeface, created by Youssef Habchi and is available as a free download for personal use.
This is a font that we covered in our 5 Essential Vaporwave Fonts feature. It is used by London-based record label Dream Catalogue, w catalog is bathed in a Blue and Purple wash typically associated with 80’s Sci-Fi. In this spirit their logo, which utilises the aptly named ‘Alien Encounters’ typeface, invokes the forward leaning, horizontally sliced fonts of Blade Runner and Tron.
Pixel art evokes a uniquely 80’s nostalgia which VCR OSD Mono’s glitch-y, pixelated form plays on. Check out our 8+ Best Free Glitch Fonts feature for similarly retro vibes.
‘Lazer 84 is a retro style brush font inspired in 80’s. This font include numbres, simbols and accents.’
‘Metal Lord is a an angular metal font which employs the powers of Satan.’
‘Razor takes you back to Miami in the 1980’s. Think of pink flamengo’s, the stainless steel DeLorean and synthesizer tunes. The thin multi-lined characters work well when printed in somewhat bigger sizes.’
Sabo is a free 8-bit style pixel font from Philippe Moesch that comes in two styles – inline and filled.
LevelRebel was made as an entry for Fontstruct’s 2014 Gamecomp. It can be downloaded for free from the Fontstruct website (requires login) and comes with a non-commercial no derivatives creative commons licence. LevelRebel is a monospaced, 48-pixel high, birds-eye view, horizontally layered, isometric pixelfont. The uppercase faces to the left and the lower case faces to the right. It could work as a title font for a game with a retro 3d feel and something about mastering levels, climbing storeys, stacking towers or sliding bricks or bars.
‘Johnny Fever is a 1980s-style swash cap, retro font inspired by Amiga 4K demos.’